The Crimson Tide is looking to bounce back after it suffered an 84-64 setback at Auburn Saturday night, marking Alabama’s second loss over its last eight games. The Tide trailed by just four points, 63-59, with just over five minutes remaining in a game that featured eight ties and seven lead changes throughout. However, the Tigers scored 12 straight points to put the game out of reach.
Alabama allowed a season high in points (84), three-point field goal percentage (.615), free throws made (28) and attempted (42) and margin of loss (20) against the Tigers.
Georgia and Alabama will meet for the 144th time in series history, with the Crimson Tide leading the all-time series, 93-50. The 143 previous meetings ranks seventh and the 93 victories is fourth all-time in program history. Georgia has claimed three straight games over the Tide including a 70-63 win in Athens, Ga., in the lone meeting last season.
Wednesday's game will be televised on ESPNU with Mike Couzens (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) on the call. Fans can listen to the radio broadcast on the Crimson Tide Sports Network as Chris Stewart (play-by-play) and Bryan Passink (analyst) will call all the action. Live stats for the contest can accessed through RollTide.com, while in-game updates and photos will be made available on Twitter on @AlabamaMBB.
HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN
RADIO: Crimson Tide Sports Network
LIVE STATS: Georgia-Alabama Live Stats
SOCIAL MEDIA: @AlabamaMBB
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- A pair of freshman lead the Tide. Forward Braxton Key tops Alabama in scoring (10.7 ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg) and minutes (26.9 mpg). Guard Dazon Ingram, who ranks second in points (9.6 ppg) and minutes (26.7 mpg), leads UA in assists (3.8 apg), steals (1.0 spg) and 3-point shooting (.435). Six of Alabama's top seven scorers are underclassmen.
- Alabama and Georgia will play twice this year, marking the first time since the 2012-13, and the second time since 1990-91, the teams will play twice during the regular season.
- Twenty of the last 23 meetings between Alabama and Georgia have been decided by under 10 points, including 12 of the last 13 contests played between the two schools.
- Alabama leads the SEC in rebounding margin both overall (+6.0) and in league play (+8.5). The Tide has not been outrebounded in 11 straight games, including all six conference contests.
- Alabama is a perfect 10-0 when holding teams to fewer than 62 points, but falls to 1-7 when allowing the opposition to score more than 62.
- The Tide boasts 10 players averaging double-figure minutes per game, with eight of those players averaging between 5.2 points and 10.7 points per contest.
- For the year, the Tide bench has been outscored by its counterparts in just five games. Alabama's reserves are averaging +7.6 more points per game than the opposition's back-ups.
- Alabama will return home to take on Mississippi State on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. CT on SEC Network. It will mark the second meeting between the two teams this season. The Tide defeated the Bulldogs, 68-58, on Jan. 3 in Starkville, Miss.
- Georgia is the seventh most-common opponent in Alabama history. This year marks the teams’ 144th meeting, with the Tide holding a 93-50 edge in the all-time series. The 93 wins is tied for fourth-most victories by Alabama over any single opponent. The teams played just once a year ago in Athens, Ga., with the Bulldogs claiming a 70-63 victory.
- Head coach Mark Fox has guided Georgia to 20 wins in each of the past three years, which is just the second time in 111 seasons of basketball the Bulldogs have done so. Fox, who is in his eighth season at Georgia, owns a 138-110 (.556) record and has a career record of 261-153 (.630) in 13 seasons as a head coach.
- J.J. Frazier (16.2 ppg) and Yante Maten (19.6 ppg) are the nation’s fifth-best inside-outside scoring combination among teams with two of the top-250 scorers in country. The duo is averaging a combined 35.8 points per game, which equates to 49 percent – or nearly half – of the Bulldogs' 73.3 points per game scored as a team.
- Nine of the 15 players on Georgia’s 2016-17 roster are Peach State prep products. That list includes eight of the 14 active players on the Bulldogs’ roster.
- Georgia comes into Wednesday's game as one of the top defensive teams in the SEC. The Bulldogs currently rank second in field goal percentage defense (.394), fourth in three-point field goal percentage defense (.316) and fifth in scoring defense (67.6 ppg). Nationally, Georgia ranks 24th in field goal percentage defense and 52nd in three-point field goal defense.
- Both Frazier and Maten were named to the Lute Olson Award Preseason Watch List. The award is presented to the nation’s top D-I player who has played at least two seasons. There were five SEC reps on the 50-player ledger, which also featured Kentucky’s Isaiah Briscoe, Texas A&M’s Tyler Davis and Arkansas’ Moses Kingsley..
- Georgia probable starters (starting five from last game): Guards: Jordan Harris (5.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, .455 3FG%), Juwan Parker (9.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.2 apg), J.J. Frazier (16.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.3 apg). Forwards: Yante Maten (19.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.4 bpg), Derek Ogbeide (7.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, .606 FG%)).
- Alabama will play its second consecutive road game when it travels to Athens, Ga., to take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. CT (9 p.m. ET) on ESPNU. This marks the third time in the last four games that the Tide has played away from Tuscaloosa. For the year, Alabama has a record of 4-4 in games played on the road, including a 2-1 mark in SEC away games.
- Alabama has 11 players that average double-digit minutes (10 of which are active) and eight guys who average between 5.2 and 10.7 points per game. The Tide's top two scorers are both freshmen, while six of the top seven are underclassmen.
- True freshman Braxton Key, who recorded career highs of 24 points and 35 minutes against then-No. 23 Florida, leads the Tide in scoring (10.7 ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg) and minutes (26.9 mpg). He also ranks second in assists (2.1 apg) and is third in three-points field goal percentage (.353).
- Redshirt freshman Dazon Ingram leads the team in assists (3.9 apg), three-point field goal percentage (.435), assist-turnover ratio (1.5:1) steals (1.0 spg), while ranking second in scoring (9.6 ppg) and minutes (26.7 mpg).
- Sophomore center Donta Hall tops the team in field goal percentage (.701), while ranking second in blocks (1.5 bpg) and rebounding (5.2 rpg). Graduate senior Corban Collins, who missed two games (Arkansas State and Stetson) with a groin injury, is fourth in scoring (7.4 ppg), leads the team in threes made (24) and is second in three-point field goal percentage (.353).
- As a team, Alabama is outscoring the competition by 4.9 points per game (68.3-63.4) and outrebounding opponents by 6.1 rebounds per game (38.8-32.8). The Tide is shooting .425 from the field and .317 from beyond the arc as a team. Alabama leads the SEC and ranks 36th nationally in rebounding margin. In addition, the Tide ranks second in the league and 22nd in the nation in scoring defense.
ALABAMA-GEORGIA - SERIES NOTES
- Wednesday's game will be the 144th meeting on the hardwood between the two schools, which is be the seventh-most games UA has played against any one opponent. The Crimson Tide owns a 93-50 lead in the series, with the 93 victories ranking fourth in program history.
- Twenty of the last 23 meetings have been decided by under 10 points, including 12 of the last 13 contests played between the two schools.
- Alabama has won 12 of the last 20 meetings overall in the series.
- Alabama has a record of 32-31 when playing Georgia in Athens. The last time Alabama won at Stegeman Coliseum came on Feb. 12, 2013 when the Tide pulled out a 52-45 victory over the Bulldogs. Since then, Georgia was beaten Alabama on its home floor in two straight contests.
- The series has seen 13 overtime games, with Alabama owning an 8-5 lead in such contests.
- The series began during 1921-22 campaign.
ALABAMA-AUBURN: AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE NUMBERS
- What Lost The Game For UA: Alabama allowed a season high in points (84), three-point field goal percentage (.615), free throws made (28) and free throws attempted (42) in the loss to Auburn. In fact, the Tigers' center Austin Wiley went 11-of-18 from the charity stripe on his own, while the Tide as a team was 10-of-19.
- The Difference Maker: Ronnie Johnson. Auburn's back-up point guard came into the game averaging 5.7 points in 14.7 minutes per contest. However, Johnson recorded a season-high 17 points in 20 minutes off the bench, knocking down 5-of-7 shots from the field, 1-of-2 from beyond the arc and 6-of-8 from the foul line.
- The Wow Stat: Alabama led by a score of 52-51 with 9:33 left to play. However, Auburn scored 24 of the game's next 33 points to turn a one-point deficit into a commanding 75-59 lead with 2:31 left to play. In fact, over the final nine-plus minutes in a tightly-contested game that featured eight ties and seven lead changes, Auburn outscored Alabama 33-12.
- Coach Avery Johnson Quote: "Today's game was unlike any game that we've had recently. In our recent games, especially in SEC play, when things are closely contested, we have been the type of team that has the mental and physical stamina, and the team that makes the better decisions in the second half to give ourselves a chance to win. That didn't happen today. This was probably the one of the worst defensive halves that I've seen. Give (Auburn) credit for executing on both ends of the floor more than we did. They deserved to win."
REBOUNDING FROM WORST TO FIRST
- Alabama has gone from the one of the worst rebounding teams in the nation one of the tops in the league entering Wednesday's game at Georgia.
- Last season, the Tide ended the year ranked 13th in the SEC and 293rd in the nation in rebound margin at -3.6 (34.6-38.2). However, through 18 games this season, Alabama leads the conference and ranks 36th in the nation in rebounding margin at +6.0 (32.8-32.8).
- Those numbers have gotten better against SEC competition. In six league games, Alabama leads the conference in nearly every rebounding category, including rebounding average (40.7), offensive rebounds (14.3) and rebounding margin (+8.5), while ranking second in rebounds allowed (32.2) and third in defensive rebounds (26.3).
- The last time the Tide collected 50 or more rebounds twice in the same season came during the 2008-09 campaign when Alabama pulled down 51 vs. Alabama A&M on Dec. 2, 2008 and 54 vs. Mississippi State on Feb. 21, 2009.
- Furthermore, the last time an Alabama team had 50 or more rebounds in a game came when the Tide pulled down 51 boards on Nov. 23, 2011 against Alabama A&M. The last time Alabama pulled down at least 53 boards came on Nov. 12, 2010 with 58 boards against Florida A&M.
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